States parties to the CWC must also consider the threat posed by non-states
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CitationKibaroglu, M. (December 03, 2014) States Parties to the CWC Must Also Consider the Threat Posed by Non-States”, paper presented at the Plenary Session during the 19th Session of the Conference of the States Parties of the CWC, organized by the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons and the Chemical Weapons Convention Coalition, The Hague, Netherlands.
The possibility of unauthorized access to the chemical weapons and/or the chemical agents that could be weaponized, without much difficulty in the hands of such non-state actors who wouldn’t mind using them in their attacks against unprotected population centers, must be taken seriously into consideration. While the CWC was never designed to address non-state actors, as we now see in the Middle East and elsewhere, it places more burden on all of us to safely eliminate any remaining chemical weapons arsenals in a timely way before they are stolen, lost, or proliferated to non-state actors for nefarious purposes.